London, FEBRUARY 2019


Sound Development brings together the top minds from the private and public sectors. Leading experts from the music industry, to those in development, city planning and urban regeneration.

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Kat Hanna, Associate Director, Urban Change, Cushman and Wakefield

An experienced urbanist and researcher, Kat Hanna has worked in London politics, planning and policy for the past seven years. Her research interests include urban economies, transport, and the relationship between technology and the built environment. Kat joined Cushman and Wakefield in 2017, focusing on long-term mixed-use development projects in London and trends in how we live, work and move around in cities.

Kat regularly appears as a commentator on urban affairs across a range of publications, media, and events, and was shortlisted for the EG Rising Star Award for 2018. 



Laurence is Trilogy’s Head of Asset Management & Leasing. His principal responsibilities include the identification and implementation of all property related business plans and value-add initiatives, as well as the management of agents and outsourced advisors.

Laurence has an MA in Property Valuation and Law, holds the IMC qualification and is a member of the RICS.

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Jen Wood, Senior Culture Officer, Culture and Events | Environment and Leisure, Southwark Council

Jen is Senior Culture Officer at Southwark Council. Acting as a key link between the culture sector in the borough and internal Council departments, Jen and her team bring people together to create amazing cultural experiences and opportunities for residents in Southwark. From supporting large-scale outdoor performances in public spaces, to partnering with further education institutions to give residents access to creative skills training, to opening up unloved empty spaces for cultural activities.

Jen has a particular interest in the role culture has in enabling people to live healthier, happy lives. She led a programme transforming empty shops into temporary pop-up arts spaces in Wokingham high street, and recently worked across community centres in Kensington and Chelsea to set up a large-scale music and health intervention bringing people from all walks of life across the borough to sing together and measuring the impact of this on health and wellbeing. Jen is an amateur violinist, and currently trying to set up a choir in her own community in Plaistow.

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Achal Dhillon, Director, Killing Moon

Achal Dhillon started Killing Moon in early 2011 in his parents' loft as a new music blog following a string of A&R/artist management positions at Universal Music, Quest Management and Turn First Artists/First Access Entertainment. It has since evolved into one of the UK’s best artist development platforms, encompassing a record label, artist management and live promotions business.

Achal was selected in 2014 to the board of directors at the Association of Independent Music, and is regularly engaged by thirdparty labels and managers on developing artist campaigns as an area of expertise. He continues to write on the KillingMoon blog, and now also writes on a freelance basis for The Metro(a weekly reach of circa 5 million) and more-recently as an opinion columnist for Music Business Worldwide.

danny keir, Global Head of Business Development, Sound Diplomacy

Danny is the Global Head of Business Development of Sound Diplomacy, the leading global advisory on Music Cities, providing music strategy and research to cities and governments.

Danny has over 7 years experience working closely with musicians at varying stages of their careers from developing artists starting out to festival headliners. Following a brief period with Moshi Moshi Records Danny joined Black Book Management to work with artists such as Razorlight, Noisettes and Lucy Rose. Danny also set up and ran a small label and through this label he released singles from Lucy Rose, Glitches and Johnny Borrell amongst others and orchestrated promotional strategies, social media management and merchandise design. 

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Dr Julia Jones is Chief Executive of experiential marketing agency Found in Music. She has been examining the effect of music on economic growth and health for over 25 years. Her clients have included Olympic squads, the Mayor of London, Visit Greece, Visit Britain, Gibson Guitars, the NHS and a range of global consumer brands. Julia’s PhD thesis examined music taste and ageing and demonstrated how the embedded emotional connections with music from youth can be harnessed by cities and brands to drive customer engagement and public health benefits.

She is the Founder and Secretariat of the Music in Society inquiry conducted at the House of Lords and sits on the Education Task Force of the UK Parliamentary Group for Artificial Intelligence. Julia is also a musician and co-presented the first music panel at the United Nations' World Urban Forum led by Sound Diplomacy in 2018.

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James & Tom Teatum, Design & Commercial Team Directors, Noiascape

Noiascape was founded by James and Tom Teatum in 2017. Noiascape Is a modern infrastructure for urban renting, a new approach committed to creating alternate ways to live and work in cities. Noiascape is a space curation practice operating at the interface between design, development and spatial strategy. James & Tom are both architects having trained in London. They both direct the design & commercial team and develop the cultural purpose of the brand.

Projects in development range from high street spaces combining residential, work and retail space to high density mixed use buildings providing 100+ residential studios with employment and community space. These organisations will provide a range of shared spaces that form a network across London. Each space is accessible to all tenants and recent Noiascape projects include Garden House, High Street, Cluster Village, City in a Building and Testone Factory.

Both partners regularly contribute to teaching, Tom is a former unit tutor at the Royal College of Art and has taught at the Architectural Association, Greenwich University and Southbank University.


Dave Gray, Creative Entrepreneur, Undegun & This Project

Creative Entrepreneur Dave Gray has conceived, originated and realised a unique series of projects bridging business, local authority, education, the third sector and the arts. He established Rampant Dragon Ltd in 2005, setting up collaborative workspace The Foundry, and launching a series of art and music events across North Wales to highlight the skills and talents of creative practitioners. In 2011 Dave founded social enterprise THIS Project, which has taken on a number of meanwhile use spaces, most notably Undegun. Undegun opened in July 2013 in a former retail space and has attracted over 150,000 visitors to a range of exhibitions, performances, workshops and networking events.

Additionally Dave is: a Director of Vic Studios Ltd., which provide a base for the support and development of young musicians at professional teaching, rehearsal and recording facilities; a steering group member of FOCUS Wales – a Music Festival and Music Industry Conference, featuring UK acts alongside global talent; an Associate Director of Sign Dance Collective International, supporting interactive, multi-lingual and sign language performances.